Man Enjoys Lamborghini He Won For All Of Six Hours Before Crashing It

We imagine this story went something like, “Congratulations, you won a $380,000 Lamborghini! Drive safely!” Unfortunately for a Utah man who won the sports car in a convenience store chain’s contest, his post-win joy rides cost him his prize.

The Associated Press says the man won a lime green Murcielago Roadster from Maverik stores’ “Joe Schmo to Lambo” contest. The “schmo” part is right, as David D. took pals and family for a few too many spins in the car. During one ride, the car hit ice or gravel, went into a spin and hit some fence posts before finally stopping in a field.

The Lamborghini suffered front-end damage, a punctured wheel and scratches along the passenger side, but David says no one was injured and luckily, the vehicle is insured.

“He also says he’ll be more careful next time,” reports the AP.

You know, for the next time he wins a ridiculously expensive sports car in a convenience store contest.

Man crashes Lamborghini 6 hours after winning it [The Guardian]


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  1. Howie411 says:

    What are the taxes that guy had to pay on that thing????????

    • fatediesel says:

      The insurance has got to be incredibly expensive as well. Unless this guy is wealthy I’d think he’d have to sell the car just to pay the taxes and because he couldn’t afford the insurance and registration.

      • MrEvil says:

        Without pics it’s hard to say, but judging from the description of the damage it could EASILY be $100,000 in damage (parts and labor for work on a Lambo are HIGH) and his insurance may very well drop his coverage in which case he’s totally boned.

    • john says:

      the taxes could be as high as 40% depending on the state, etc. The taxes would be higher than the current appraised value of my house. Ouch!

    • AlteredBeast (blaming the OP one article at a time.) says:

      They say, the taxes are over $100,000. He had to put a lien on his house to pay the $100,000 up front to take posession of the vehicle. And to pay insurance.

      Rumor is, he crashed it to total it out, get the $300k value from insurance, pay off the lien, and keep the difference. He even said that due to the taxes, he was looking to sell it to Jay Leno (before he even took posession of it).

      But, the insurance company could just repair it, knock down the value of the vehicle, and he’d still owe the lien (and be out the taxes).

    • ganzhimself says:

      Don’t a lot of these contests with very expensive prizes include paying down the taxes and fees until the actual tax liability of the winner is like $1?

    • Happy Dad says:

      Unless you’re already pretty well-heeled most would have to sell the car to pay the taxes.

  2. kobresia says:

    Maybe cars & trucks over a certain horsepower rating should require a special license, just like trucks over a certain weight used for commercial purposes do. Supercars generally are designed for folks with the skills of a professional driver, not the village idiot!

    • Cerne says:

      How about we don’t do that. There is no statistical evidence that driving those kind of cars is more dangerous so there is no reason for the government to further interfere in our private lives.

      • failurate says:

        The driving portion of your “private life” ends when you take the car out on a public road. And the government has a responsibility to keep the public roads safe.

        • Cerne says:

          And first they need to prove that their is a safety issue, which there isn’t here.

          • hobochangbar says:

            Agreed, the reason this made the news is that’s unusual. Most folks that own supercars can actually afford them and can afford track time to actually drive it like it was meant to be driven and are generally more sedate on the roads. I’m more afraid of teenagers thrashing econoboxes around the roads than I am of supercars.

            This guy should have never taken possesion of the car other than to transfer the title. A friend won a car years ago & was told which dealer to go to to pick it up. He asked the dealer what they’d pay him for the car & left with a check, never even sat in the car. This was a ~$20-K car so he could probably float the tax hit till the check cleared. Might be different when you talking 6 figures.

      • SabreDC says:

        I disagree. In my opinion, it’s not about whether or not the car itself is any more dangerous, but that driving the vehicle safely requires a higher level of attention and skill. We do this all the time. Like kobresia said, we do it for trucks/buses. We do it for motorcycles. Some states do it for limos. Some states do it for hazmat transport.

        It’s not a matter of opinion that some types of vehicles require different skills. Driving a motorcycle requires different skills and experience than driving a bus. And driving a 640-650 HP Lambo takes a little more skill than driving a 140 HP Toyota Camry.

      • There's room to move as a fry cook says:

        Yes, there is evidence. Higher insurance rates for sports cars.

    • Geekybiker says:

      Only if we make the idiots in huge SUV’s take extra training to handle their huge vehicles. Plus there are a heck of a lot more of them. I’d be perfectly okay with graduated licenses.

      • kobresia says:

        That’s a great idea. If someone can’t safely back a vehicle with a GVWR of over 4,000# using mirrors alone (no peeking out the darkly-tinted back window!), there’s no way they should be driving that vehicle. Also, it would drastically reduce the needless excess of fuel consumption, and also somewhat deflate that whole argument that, “I need a GIANT truck because I want to be safe in a wreck with all those other a-holes who are inept at driving their giant trucks”, because fewer people would go through the additional hassle of obtaining a higher rating, and small cars would be more prevalent. Escalation of that sort is impractical and harmful.

        And trust me, if getting a light-truck or SUV was even half the hassle and expense of getting and maintaining a CDL, most folks wouldn’t bother.

        • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

          I love watching the people in their huge SUVs spinning out in an inch of snow or 1/4″ of ice. It’s especially funny when they drive like they’re on a dry road because they’re in an SUV, even though they actually handle much worse in bad weather than most regular passenger sedans.

          • There's room to move as a fry cook says:

            I laugh when SUV drivers slow down to a crawl to gingerly go over parking lot speed bumps.

        • jefeloco says:

          Lol, that’s extra funny considering the 4000 lb minimum and I’m not laughing at you. That limit would make the heavy American “sports cars” like the new supercharged Camaro and the Charger need a special license to operate.

          If nothing else it would keep the bumpkins from doing burnouts in these throughout residential areas. *Disclaimer* I live in an area that has a single drag strip within 150 miles, no other closed tracks whatsoever. This makes people do all sorts of stupid things on a regular basis in subdivisions and whatnot.

          • jefeloco says:

            *Edit* I thought the name Challenger but my brain still made my fingers type Charger. I didn’t notice until I hit submit :(

    • Costner says:

      Sadly – the villiage idiot he must be. That lambo has a very sophisticated computer system with traction control and dynamic vehicle control so essentially the only way for him to lose traction on ice or gravel would be if he had disabled the traction control in order to do some burn outs or power slides.

      So yea – he is an idiot. If he would have left the default settings on, the vehicle would have reduced power and applied specific braking to the wheels in order to remain stable. I’d put money on the fact he was trying to show off so he pushed the button and let it rip.

      That said – the damage doesn’t sound too bad. A replacement bumper, a new tire, a little body work… he is back in business.

      I’d still sell the car though – there is no way I could justify owning a vehicle which is more expensive than my house. I’d sell it – pay off my mortgage, buy a sensible car – and still be able to cover the taxes. For all we know he was planning on doing the same thing but he just wanted one or two days of fun with it before he sold it… so much for that idea. Now the car has a damage disclosure on it and just lost a solid 20-30% of its value. Bonehead move.

      • kobresia says:

        Oh, wow, that would be extra, extra stupid.

        It goes to show, you can give Joe Schmo a Lambo, but you can’t take the schmo out of Joe.

        In a field crash like that, the undercarriage could be really trashed too, which can get insanely expensive. Can’t take a car that wasn’t made for offroading off the road.

        If I won something like that, I’d probably be too paranoid of doing something to damage it or get a stone chip prior to selling it to drive it much of anywhere.

    • thomwithanh says:

      In several Australian States you can’t drive a high powered sports car until you’ve been licensed for a certain number of years (3, I believe).

  3. Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

    They should have mandatory driving school prior to letting people drive these things. I know, I know, nanny state but these guys would be much happier in the end. Nahhh, let ]em crash. ;^)

    *sheds a single tear for the Lambo*

    • Cerne says:

      I’m sure most people who buy these cars take some kind of private lessons. The idiots that don’t end of destroying their fancy cars so I see no reason to involve the government here.

      • QrazyQat says:

        In my experience in the exotic car biz, this isn’t so. It should be (in fact I think most people should) as you’d think an additional $500-1,000 for skills training would be a natural, being one percent or less of the price of the car. (Actually, my own feeling on driver licensing is that it should cost a lot more to get a license and have a real test, one that would make people want to take some avoidance/skill training to pass the test, but for that to work we’d also need to get off our collective asses and get some better public transportation set up.)

        • SuperQ says:

          +1 to that. The fact that driving in the US is basically a rubber stamp scares the crap out of me. Just today I watched a guy driving a commercial van try and pull through a red light with two very large “NO TURN ON RED” signs through an all-way-red all-way-pedestrian mode intersection. There’s atleast 50 pedestrians trying to cross these crosswalks per light change in the daytime.

          More anecdotal evidence, someone I know had a fully valid Florida driver’s license even tho she had NEVER had a behind the wheel test. And she had one day of behind the wheel drivers training. The only thing needed through some loophole in the Florida learners permit to over 18 license is a written test.

          • tsukiotoshi says:

            That would explain a lot about what I have experience driving in Florida.

          • oloranya says:

            Back in the 70’s my dad got a CDL license in Florida. He did his driving test in a Cadillac.

            When he moved back to Massachusetts and tried to convert it to a Massachusetts CDL, the DMV clerk laughed and told him to get lost.

      • Mikey1969 says:

        Ironically, part of the prize WAS a $5,000 professional driving course…

      • SabreDC says:

        “The idiots that don’t end of destroying their fancy cars so I see no reason to involve the government here.”

        Except, when I drive on a public road, I expect that the other drivers are going to drive safely as well. I don’t care if some idiot ends up destroy their fancy car. I care if that idiot hits me. The public roads are regulated by the government. There’s no reason why the government shouldn’t be involved.

    • d0x360 says:

      They dont need driving school. These cars stop faster and handle better than your average car, they also have systems in place to prevent you losing control. The problem is some people are morons and no amount of teaching will prevent them crashing a car…especially not if he did it on purpose.

  4. Khayembii Communique says:

    It was insured. So it didn’t cost him his prize…

    • teke367 says:

      And “next time” doesn’t have to refer to “next time he wins a car” just “whenever he gets the car fixed.” Definitely more dramatic than the article needed to be.

    • Jack T Ripper says:

      Considering a crashed green lambo is worth less than what he is going to have to pay in taxes on it, I’d say he is fucked. He had a chance before he crashed it, but not now. Why would you buy an ugly Lamborghini when you can buy a bright and shiny one a couple years older for even less? The guy is royaly screwed here. Not only is his insurance ruined for the rest of forever, but this is very likely going to put him into a ton of debt.

  5. ScramDiggyBooBoo says:

    Step 1: Win Lambo
    Step 2: Go to Lambo Dealership
    Step 3: Profit 100% on what they’ll give me
    Step 4: Pay off my mortgage, other 2 cars, and start college funds for the kids…

  6. lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

    I would never enter a contest for a car like this just because of the tax liability! PA state sales tax alone would be $22,800 and there would probably be a luxury tax on top of it. Plus, I’m sure Uncle Sam would consider this as “income”, so there would be another huge chunk of money out the door, like well over $100,000. As far as insurance, I can’t even imagine what Allstate would charge me for this particular car.

    Plus, there’s nowhere I could drive it. The roads around my house are narrow and rough, and the police watch the 4 lane like hawks. I don’t think it goes well in the snow either.

    I’d rather have a 4WD Pickup Truck.

    • Ed says:

      Nah. My understanding is you are only taxed on the value of the prize or what you can reasonably sell it for, so if you win a $380K car and can only offload it for $320K, you get taxed on $320K, and now you have oodles of cash to pay that tax.

  7. Geekybiker says:

    That’s okay. I’ve seen people buying high power sport bikes stuff it on the turn out of the dealership.

  8. flarn2006 says:

    How exactly does this “cost him his prize”? It says the vehicle is insured.

    • RookOmega says:

      Who would buy a crashed lambo?

      • ablestmage says:

        If it’s insured, the insurance should cover to repair it properly, meaning he’ll soon have a perfectly nice Lambo again. In no way did he lose the prize here. Bait-and-switch on a consumerism site, for the epic fail.

        • Mikey1969 says:

          Remember he’s out whatever deductible he has, plus the car is not going to sell for the same amount now that it’s been wrecked. He paid $100,000 taxes on it, $18,000 to title it, and his insurance ran him $3,000 or so for 6 months.

          $121,000 out of his pocket right there, leaving $230,000 if the car was a $350,000 car. Now, let’s say it’s cut in half due to being wrecked, and the value becomes about $115,000. Maybe he has a $10,000 deductible, suddenly it’s $105,000, still a good chunk of change, but not the ‘buy 2 cars, pay off the mortgage and send the kids to school’ type of money any more.

          • SabreDC says:

            I know this isn’t the best place for it but it’s a pet peeve of mine.

            Crashed != wrecked

            He crashed the car; he didn’t wreck it. Wrecking means that it is destroyed beyond repair. A ship that sinks to the bottom of the ocean is shipwrecked. A wrecking ball is used for structural demolition. This car has some front-end damage and scratches.

            Now, I return you back to your regularly scheduled discussion.

      • ClemsonEE says:

        For $10 yes.

  9. AllanG54 says:

    One word….”DUMBSHIT”

  10. Earl Butz says:

    Income tax on that $380,000 prize is going to be far more painful than any accident he gets into.

  11. Cactus Wren says:

    (image-googles “Murcielago Roadster”)

    Gad. Crashing it could only have been an improvement. That thing’s uglier than deep-fried sin.

  12. Invader Zim says:

    wonder how much insurance was

  13. marc6065 says:

    Wonder if there was a cash option on that prize deal. If I ever won a car like that or just some other big car from like the price is right I would go to the dealer to pick it up and before I ever got in would make a deal with the dealer to “sell it back” and not even take delivery of it so the dealer can still sell it as new and take like 75% of the list pirce. Guarntee that any dealer would take that deal. You get cash and the dealer gets to sell the car and make a whole lot more profit than if he sold it himself.

  14. bethshanin says:

    He had to pay $100k in taxes on it and couldn’t afford it. Had to put his house up as collateral to insure etc…

    Jalopnik is all over this.

  15. Duke_Newcombe-Making children and adults as fat as pigs says:

    Effete, snooty proclamation here: some people just shouldn’t have nice things.

  16. Jack T Ripper says:

    I seriously doubt he crashed it for the insurance money. For one, he didn’t do enough damage to make it worth his while. Secondly, I live across the street from his brother-in-law. He said there was a solid offer of $230k on the table and he was just waiting to see if another interested party would offer $240. If not then the car was supposed to be sold this week. How is that for bad luck? He could have cleared six figures if he would have just left it parked in the garage. Now he is looking at some pretty significant financial destruction.

  17. midwestkel says:

    I can’t believe the company didn’t pay down the taxes, how can any Joe Schmo afford the taxes?

  18. italianbaby says:

    just think, now he pockets the cash from the insurance co. instead of driving the car…

    • Jack T Ripper says:

      That is stupid logic. If he had the hundred grand to pay for the taxes then maybe. You are forgetting that when you win something big like this you have to pay income tax on it. If you win more than $1000 in Vegas they come at you with tax forms so they can report your winnings to uncle sam as income. This car is the same deal. Pity anybody who wins a car. They basically have to sell it to own it. Or they can call their bank and refinance it to themselves, but this one would have to be financed at at least $120k in order to cover the taxes and registration fees. I don’t think a Frito-Lay delivery driver has that kind of coin. His house is probably only worth $120k.

      So no, he did not score on this one. He got bent over and fucked by himself here. He still has to sell this thing and now nobody is going to want it because it was wrecked. Nobody buys wrecked supercars. He has to come up with $100k before April 15th and that means figuring out who to sell this thing to.

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  20. MaliBoo Radley says:

    You really have to know how to handle a vehicle like that before you take it to a certain speed. I live in Malibu. We have Lambos, Ferraris and Lotuses aplenty. Sadly, most of them are driven by the 18 year old kids of rich folks. They simply don’t have the specialized driving experience that is required to drive a very high performance car. We see a lot of accidents (and deaths) on PCH and in the canyon because of the fast cars and inexperienced drivers.

    • Hitchcock says:

      Yeah, I highly doubt he hit ice or gravel. More than likely the car simply got away from him with the power. Too much gas, too quick off the clutch, etc, and bamn out of control car. When you’ve got that much power going to the wheels, its becomes ridiculously easy to break tire traction.

      • MaliBoo Radley says:

        Exactly. It takes a special kind of driving. I certainly wouldn’t trust myself with that kind of car.

  21. smo0 says:

    This is why we can’t have nice things.

  22. AEN says:

    Not sure what’s so newsworthy about this. Youtube is replete with videos of owners crashing their exotic cars – including a Bugatti-Veyron valued at $1.8mil that a guy drove into a lake. Maybe it’s the convenience store angle.

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  24. geopapa says:

    Wait til he sees what a tune up costs.

  25. Lendon85 says:

    A former employer of mine held a sales contest in which the prize was a Harley. The winner went to the dealership to pick it up and they offered to buy it back from him right then and there. Even though he had apparently no motorcyle experience, he refused the offer, drove off on the bike and promptly crashed it.

  26. Mikey1969 says:

    Funny… This is a friend of a friend actually( I know we all hear that, but this time it’s true. My buddies friend knows this guy and has all the details on the whole thing.), and part of the package was a professional driving course at Rocky Mountain Raceway, here in Salt Lake…

    Cost so far:
    Registration: $18,000
    Insurance: $6,000
    Taxes: $100,000

    Now with his deductible for the repair, he’s still going to be paying more. At least when he sells the car, he’ll still make some kind of profit. His original plan was to sell it without ever driving it, but he decided to ‘just this once’, which turned into another drive, and another, and taking his neighbor for a ride, and then his other neighbor, etc… At least Maverik made a condition of winning be that he had to have insurance for the car before he took possession…

  27. thomwithanh says:

    Instead of a regular Class D license, New York State currently makes you qualify for a non-commercial Class C if you drive with certain full sized trailers or anything with a fifth wheel (i.e. a Winnebago) – you have to be 21 years old, been licensed for at least 3 years, and take another road test in a fifth wheel to get one. We also have a Class E license for taxis and limousines. I don’t see why a similar requirement should’t be put in place for Lamborghini, Ferrari and Porsche drivers (anything above a certain amount of HP’s or engine displacement)… perhaps for conversion vans and full size pickup trucks as well. Heavier and high powered vehicles handle differently than the small cars or pickup trucks most drivers learn to drive on and why our licensing system doesn’t reflect that is beyond me.